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The Wanderer - The Bruery

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The WandererThe Wanderer

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 455
Gots: 195 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone. To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. This ale went on to win the silver medal for wood & barrel aged sour fruited ales at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 05-04-2011)
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Photo of brystmar


4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Gorgeous pour; mountains of white head leave behind sticky lace. Strong, pungent aroma with wild American yeast, wine barrels, and sour fruits approaching my nose.

Love the taste! Tons of lacto & sour fruits, good acidity and tart fruits. Plenty of funky dark fruit, plums, yeast, lots of tasty sourness and fruity funk. A hair too much carbonation; easily remedied by waiting for it to warm in my glass.

The complexity of various ingredients in my glass would never come from a traditional Belgian blend master. Wanderer is exactly what I love about (and expect from) American sours. Fantastic!

07-16-2012 03:33:14 | More by brystmar
Photo of bradner


5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-07-2012 02:34:20 | More by bradner
Photo of DP34


4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-02-2012 21:54:42 | More by DP34
Photo of jmarsh123


4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

Thanks to buzbuzzer for the bottle

Poured deep garnet with a ton of carbonation right away although it dies down to a thin ring after a few minutes.

Aroma contains tart and sour berries, cherries and some lacto. Maybe a touch of brett and oak.

Starts out with some sweeter caramel malt along with sour cherries. Sourness is fairly strong throughout. Finishes very dry with blackberry and oak sourness coating the back of the tongue.

Light to medium bodied and perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Not the best ever, but an enjoyable beer. I especially enjoy the tart blackberry on the finish. A little less carbonation would do this one well.

06-21-2012 20:31:08 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of drewone


4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-16-2012 22:31:20 | More by drewone
Photo of USChuy

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

06-15-2012 07:00:22 | More by USChuy
Photo of drabmuh


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Served in a Bruery tulip because I am not an animal. Beer is a little bit of a gusher, beer is brownish red and really hazy with a big off white / tan head of small and medium bubbles, decent retention, high carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is berries and tart, mild lactic, mild acetic, overall nice.

Beer is light in body and tart with a nice berry flavor throughout still mildly sweet on the body and a nice finish. I'd have this again for sure, I really enjoyed it.

06-12-2012 02:05:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of pixieskid


4/5  rDev -8.9%

06-08-2012 15:33:47 | More by pixieskid
Photo of Sean9689


3.78/5  rDev -13.9%

Bottle thanks to Mike (nerd) at DLD 2012. You hag!

A - Pours a darker reddish/brown color, off-white head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Fruit-forward, some tart acidity, oak, light vinegar (in a good way), hint of citrus. Reminds me of a Flanders Red or something similar to that style.

T - Dark sour cherries, fruits, oak, medium acidity, currants. Alcohol is well-hidden at 8%. Again, could possibly be called a Flanders Red. Finish is cherry and oak tartness.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry oak finish.

O - One of the better Bruery sours I've had in recent memory, but didn't exactly kill it for me. I would have again for sure, but wouldn't actively seek out this beer for what it commands in the "trading world". Good, not great.

06-06-2012 17:12:09 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A bit of a gusher...The beer is hazy, appearing a dark brown / orange hue with a sizable off white head.

Cherries, berries, funk. This beer is very tart. Wow. Pucker. Alrighty then.

The beer is medium to full bodied. Alcohol shows itself more as the beer is allowed to warm. Highly acetic.

While I am extremely grateful to taste this rare delicacy from The Bruery, this one is not among their top offerings, in my opinion.

06-04-2012 21:49:49 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of 316nuts


4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-30-2012 20:56:38 | More by 316nuts
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin


4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-28-2012 00:10:26 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
Photo of scottfrie


3.95/5  rDev -10%

Thanks again Jeff.

A: Pours a murky rust color with a decent light tan head. Wispy lace.
S: Tart dark fruits, red fruits, and a bit of funk. I get some barrel notes as well.
T: Very tart flavors, super sour with a bit of acetone and funk. Tannins and dry red fruit skins, wood, and some straw, earth, cocoa powder and herbal spices fill my palate. This is definitely tart.
M: Dry and tart mouth, medium body, smooth carbonation.
O: If I had this blind I could tell this is from the Bruery, it just has that sharp taste. This was a good sour though with a definite acidic red berry flavor. Thanks again Jeff.

05-19-2012 05:29:02 | More by scottfrie
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-12-2012 01:58:51 | More by localhost
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

05-09-2012 15:15:33 | More by aasher
Photo of Rollzroyce21


4.98/5  rDev +13.4%

- 2011 vintage
- Tapped at Bruery Tasting Room (opening day) on 4-Jul-12
- Poured into tasting snifter glass.
Oak and cherries dominate w/ hints of vanilla. You could just smell the depth and complexity. Tasting good oak presence and real sexy fruity complexity! Strong malt backbone w/toffee and caramel provide jammy texture. Getting some plums as well, which now I believe is the blackberries + cherries combo giving that sense. Very balanced vinegar and tartness.
Best sour I've had to date!

- 2011 vintage
- 750 mL bottle cellared on 16-May-12 and tasted on 4-Sep-12 (aged about 10 months).
- Poured into stemless wine glass.
Begins wth a fantastic gush of fruity complexity and tartness. Cherries, apple, plums, blackberries. Somewhat jammy. Then the 2nd phase hits with an oak, earthy flavors with creamy texture. Then the tartness finishes dry and left with hints of barrel and fruits in aftertaste.

05-08-2012 04:22:07 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of Thorpe429


4.05/5  rDev -7.7%

Big thanks to nerd for sharing this one at DLD 2012.

Pours a nice moderate brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings a good bit of fruit along with a bit of acidity; perhaps a touch of acetic, though not nearly as much as with other Bruery sours I’ve had lately. Flavor is similar with a nice acidity. Body is medium with good carbonation and a dry, puckering finish. Pretty good for an American sour.

05-07-2012 21:46:29 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

05-06-2012 17:27:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-03-2012 04:25:55 | More by rmaste6282
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

05-02-2012 16:43:59 | More by kerklein2
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

04-30-2012 03:03:53 | More by ChrisPro
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

04-29-2012 17:18:53 | More by Khazadum
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

04-29-2012 12:58:24 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

04-29-2012 03:04:46 | More by djrn2
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

04-24-2012 17:29:43 | More by phingdong
The Wanderer from The Bruery
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